Brooklyn-based Sub Swara writes, produces and performs genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their hometown. Consisting of Dhruva and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara's musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA - dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in between. With sets crafted for both dancefloor intensity and cerebral curiosity, Sub Swara combines electronic production, live instrumentation, and 3000% of recommended energy levels to create an ecstatic, human experience.
Originally started a club night, Sub Swara has always focused on melding bass music of all creeds and cultures. Over 3 years, the night became one of the most popular and respected club nights in NYC, hosting artists such as Mary Ann Hobbs, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, The Bug, and Poirier. Sub Swara released their 2008 debut album, Coup d'Yah, to widespread acclaim; critics and tastemakers from Pitchfork, to XLR8R, BBC Radio 1 and the FADER all lauded its seamless melding of varied rhythms, intricate global instrumentation and production both deep and dancefloor-centric. Sub Swara's remix of Balkan Beatbox's "Balkumbia" was featured in the Fader/Nike mixtape series for the 2010 World Cup, Pitch Perfect.
Sub Swara's second album, Triggers (Low Motion Records), continues the group's exploration of different spaces in bass music, and draws from a completely unique sound pallete that marries both live (much of the percussion is actually played by Sub Swara, in addition to other instruments by guest artists) and electronic elements. It traverses through dubstep, hip hop, and sounds yet to be classified, binding these elements together with strong melodies, intoxicating rhythms, relentless energy and inventive production. Triggers was written as Sub Swara's performances become increasingly live, incorporating live drumming, re-composition and improvised sequences-all while maintaining dancefloor intensity and bass weight.
With vocalists such as Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic and the up and coming hip hop act, Freddie Mills featured on Triggers, the collaborations are largely hip hop and soul-based, while the vocals in Coup d'Yah were largely dancehall. The instrumental collaborations feature the afrobeat horns of Antibalas, beatboxer Shamik, and a host of master session musicians from around the world. Sub Swara will be touring extensively in the fall of 2010 to support the new album.
10/21/2010 Seattle - Trinity 10/22/2010 Portland w/Eskmo and Lorn - Rotture 10/30/2010 Houston - Silver Star Ranch 10/31/2010 Austin - ND - 501 Studios 11/4/2010 Nevada City - Cooper's Ale House w/ Bass Science 11/5/2010 Reno - Wurk w/ Bass Science 11/6/2010 South Tahoe - with Blackalicious and Bass Science- Showroom at Montbleu Casino 11/8/2010 New York - Deep Space 11/12/2010 Denver - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 11/18/2010 Knoxville, TN - 90 Proof 11/19/2010 Nashville, TN - 12th and Porter 11/20/2010 Baton Rouge - The House 12/3/2010 New York - with Dead Prez - Hip Hop Cultural Center 12/11/2010 Telluride, CO - The Llama 12/15/2010 Los Angeles @ Low End Theory 12/17/2010 San Francisco @ TBA
North American tour dates throughout 2010 + World Tour beginning January 2011
On November 9, Mark Farina releases Mushroom Jazz 7 – the latest installment in the groundbreaking compilation series.
Mushroom Jazz 7 features Farina's signature hip-hop, jazz-infused, downtempo, dance floor friendly beats. This time around, he deftly mixes and arranges tracks by some of the world's most dynamic artists including Andy Caldwell, Billa Qause, Colossus, Dave Allison, Derek Dunbar, The Hue, Giano & Michael Knight, Jazz Spastiks, Joshua Heath, Lurob, Slakah the Beatchild, Tommy Largo and Uneaq. The result; a seamless, crisp, hypnotic and sublime journey – true to the easygoing essence that is Mushroom Jazz.
Mark Farina developed his musical tastes in Chicago listening to house music on the radio while living in one of the country's most primordial breeding grounds for the genre. Farina first started wandering from his passion for the purist forms of House, which grew into his trademark down tempo style - Mushroom Jazz, when he was DJing in both the main and the side rooms at Chicago nightclubs in the same night. Mark experimented with a slower style, dropping De La Soul, Herbie Hancock, funk classics and other stuff that wasn't being played in the main room. This resulted in a small run of mix tapes entitled "Mushroom Jazz" which Mark released featuring his jazzy down tempo style. The Mushroom Jazz tapes grew from the first run of 50 copies to the next run at 500 copies. Today, these early releases are highly sought after items around the globe.
In 1992, Mark Farina, along with Patty Ryan, created the legendary weekly Jazid Up club night in San Francisco. There, Mark honed his signature style and established a fanatical, cult-like following for himself and the “Mushroom Jazz” sound. Finally, after five years, the club closed its doors and Mark and Patty teamed up with Om Records to release the Mushroom Jazz CD series...And the rest is history. Now, after six volumes and extensive worldwide tours, Mark Farina brings you MJ7 - Farina's most ambitious release to date, showcasing the evolution of decades of mastery in defining the genre he's credited with creating. Make sure you check out Mark Farina on the road this fall when the Mushroom Jazz World Tour hits a city near you.
(Mushroom Jazz 7 is available through a special pre-order in several different formats: Collector’s Edition, CD + Digital Download Package and CD Package only. Free music is delivered immediately upon Pre-Order. Those interested in purchasing the Limited Edition Collector’s Edition from djmarkfarina.net will receive: Autographed six panel digipak CD of Mushroom Jazz 7, Mark Farina iPhone App (powered by Mix.dj), Digital download of Mushroom Jazz 7, CD Digital download of all (19) Mushroom Jazz 7 tracks (full length), Digital download of “Mushroom” acapellas & samples (DJ Tool), Digital download of track “Something Cool” by Mark Farina, Digital download of Five (5) unreleased “Mushroom Jazz” mixes by DJ Mark Farina, Digital download of track “Get Me There” by Combined (Bonus Track), Digital download of “Stressin’” (Music Video) and Digital download of Key Art, Electronic PDF and Youtube & Twitter Background artwork. )
Mushroom Jazz 7
Mushroom Jazz Recordings
Release Date: November 9, 2010
01. Lurob - “Down The Road” 02. Slakah the Beatchild - “Macheeto” 03. Nathan G - “Colorblind” 04. Andy Caldwell feat. Rico de Largo - “Southern Plumperz” 05. Joshua Heath - “More” 06. Tommy Largo - “It’s The Beat” 07. King Kooba - “Bad Back” 08. Colossus - “Introduce (SLAP Mix)” 09. Uneaq - “Just Move” 10. Jazz Spastiks - “(Never Been To) California” 11. Live Forever - “Mark Oakland” 12. Tommy Largo - “Night Time” 13. Derek Dunbar - “Please Be Mine” 14. Giano & Michael Knight - “Walking The Dog” 15. Jazz Spastiks - “Amber Leaf “ 16. The Hue feat. Kissey Asplund - “Stressin’” 17. Slakah the Beatchild - Living For The Rush” 18. Billa Qause - “All Night” 19. Dave Allison - “Brooklyn’s Groove”
10/09/10 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub 10/10/10 - Montreal, PQ - Stereo Afterhours 10/13/10 - San Diego, CA - Stingaree 10/16/10 - Modesto, CA - Clayton’s 10/21/10 - Lihue, HI - Rob’s 10/22/10 - Oahu, HI - Pipeline 10/23/10 - Lahaina, HI - Timba 10/29/10 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall 10/30/10 - San Francisco, CA - SF City Hall 11/03/10 - Las Vegas, NV - Eve 11/05/10 - Raleigh, NC - Solas 11/06/10 - Chicago, IL - Smart Bar 11/27/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Supperclub
SMOKE DZA SIGNS TO IHIPHOP DISTRIBUTION/FRANKRADIO AND ANNOUNCES HIS NEW SINGLE "CRAZY GLUE," FEATURING CORY GUNZ & BIG SANT (PROD. BIG K.R.I.T.)
For Immediate Release October 5th, 2010
iHipHop Distribution and FrankRadio are proud to announce the upcoming release of Smoke DZA’s "George Kush Da Button: The Deluxe Edition" on November 9th. In preparation for this deluxe album, the button has been pushed on Smoke's new single “Crazy Glue." On this smokers anthem the veteran Harlem, NY emcee teams up with Big Sant and Young Money recording artist Cory Gunz to lace this Big K.R.I.T. produced banger.
Working under the guidance of Jon Shapiro & Cinematic Music Group, Smoke DZA has made a name for himself as one of the few up-and-coming artists who is staying true to the art of hip-hop. His laidback style of rhymes allows for his wit and humor to shine through even the smokiest of rooms. His constant collaborations with the best producers and up-and-coming emcees is quickly solidifying him as one of the best of the new generation.
Listen to “Crazy Glue” Featuring Big Sant & Cory Gunz (Prod. Big K.R.I.T.)
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Download "Up Here" Feat. Terri Walker (Prod. Ski Beatz) HERE
Smoke DZA is currently headlining The Smoker’s Club Tour alongside Big K.R.I.T. and Curren$y. For tickets, visit www.TheSmokersClub.com to see when Smoke DZA will be blazing into a town near you.
SMOKERS CLUB TOUR DATES W/ CURREN$Y, BIG K.R.I.T. & SMOKE DZA Tuesday, October 05, 2010 @ Santo's Party House | New York, NY Wednesday, October 06, 2010 @ The Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ Club Life | Dallas, TX Friday, October 08, 2010 @ Dreamz | Jackson, MS Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ Lyric Oxford Llc | Oxford, MS Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ Ace's | Austin, TX Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ Jake's Nightclub Inc | Bloomington, IN Friday, October 15, 2010 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre | Millvale, PA Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ The Loft | Atlanta, GA Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ Old Rock House | St Louis, MO Thursday, October 21, 2010 @ Marquis Theater | Denver, CO Friday, October 22, 2010 @ Bottleneck | Lawrence, KS Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ House of Blues Houston | Houston, TX Friday, October 29, 2010 @ White Room | Miami, FL Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ The Norva | Norfolk, VA Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ The National | Richmond, VA
Smoke DZA “George Kush The Button: The Deluxe Edition” In Stores November 9, 2010 FrankRadio/iHipHop Distribution
Once again Pennjamin Bannekar gives us a peak into his much anticipated solo album release "Heart Beat." Pennjamin's new single "Illwrite" tackles hard hitting topics such as the obsession most people have of being average, and cast aspersions on the illuminati's role in music.
After a 2 year hiatus from their Highly Acclaimed EP *"Transmittin' Live! The Radio EP"*,* *which *Okayplayer *called a *"solid listen", **The Lyricists* are back with their best work to date, that's gained them several write-ups in some of today's highly respected blogs! The Duo of Ill-tone & Rym-(B)enda bring back variety & what is sorely missing from the culture today: A Lane of Their Own.
Mixed with an assortment of many different producers hailing from *Germany, Sweden & France* to name a few, *The Lyricists *have put together an arrangement of songs that will please not only Hip Hop fans, but music lovers alike. So without further due, we present to you: *THE LYRICISTS - CONSTRUCTICONS
No stranger to hip hop controversy, rap's most infamous ghostwriter Skillz presents "The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn't Do It! Remix)", the hilarious true story of a bet gone awry between Skillz and The Roots' drummer, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. Featured on Skillz, Jazzy Jeff & J.Period's new mixtape, Infamous Quotes (available at: http://www.jperiod.com/skillz), "The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn't Do It! Remix)" is proof positive that no one puts a story into rhyme with as much skill and humor as the million dollar backpacker himself. Look out for his new album, The World Needs More Skillz, available October 25.
"?uestlove, where you at? It's goin down..... Ha!"